About the course
- Gain hands-on experience with 120 days of school-based training.
- Benefit from a supportive, collaborative environment that produces exceptional teachers.
- Attain a masters-level PGCE or a PCE alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
- Prepare for work on a course with a 90% employment record and bursaries available.
This course ensures that you're fully prepared for a career in teaching secondary physics. We help you to grow academically and professionally, gaining advanced qualifications alongside practical training. You'll graduate as an experienced and employable physics teacher, ready to inspire and impart your enthusiasm.
This course provides an advanced academic qualification alongside the real-world experience that is so vital for teaching. Along with honing your physics skills, you'll learn crucial techniques in behaviour management and student support. There are 120 days of school-based training that allow you to become used to the realities of teaching before graduation. You are assessed through supportive, collaborative means, helping you to grow and improve.
You learn through:
- 120 days of school-based training across at least two settings
- collaborative planning
- one-to-one sessions
- group work
- practical work
- independent study
- written assessments
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If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day.
The selection event is a process which assesses if you're suitable for a place on the course. It's a chance to show us your knowledge about the subject and your enthusiasm for the career. Being invited to a selection event doesn't mean you're guaranteed a place on the course - the point of the day is to help us come to a mutual decision. We need to decide whether to make you an offer and you need to decide whether you like the course and the university.
We aim to make the interview process as rigorous and informative as possible. It's very much a two-way process, where you can evaluate what we offer while we find out more about you. In order to help us explore your thinking and subject knowledge, and for you to decide if this is the right course for you, we have a number of activities we usually use as part of the interview process.
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How school placements work
This course ensures that you'll have the real-life experience you need to enter teaching. You'll spend 120 days across two or more sites, with school-based mentors and campus-based tutors monitoring your progress and providing support. Upon graduating, many of our students go into full-time employment at their placement school.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Physics or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
If you are starting a PGCE in secondary education you may be entitled to financial support:
Find out more: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/options/teach/bursaries
GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent. Where applicants have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in English literature only we will look for further evidence of a breadth of achievement in English. We consider applicants who are in the process of obtaining GCSEs.
An honours degree (normally 2.2 or above) or equivalent which includes substantial elements of physics.
Candidates who are successful will demonstrate a sound understanding of teaching and how children learn, where possible within a school setting. We encourage all candidates to evidence their understanding by drawing on related examples or experiences, such as time spent in schools or other learning settings. Demonstrating an ability to make links between experience and knowledge, and their proposed career would be desirable
You are encouraged to gain experience of schools through direct observation of teaching and learning and/or by working with young people in science-related or other educational activities.
You will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms
If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent.
About the training provider
Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's largest universities, based in the heart of Sheffield, one of the UK’s biggest student cities.
Sheffield is the fifth biggest city in the UK with over 60,000 students, it has a mix of culture and green spaces.
We have invested over £100 million in new buildings and facilities over the last five years, providing innovative, flexible and sustainable spaces to enhance student experience.
We pride ourselves on the applied nature of our courses. We offer one of the largest and most diverse range of placements in the region. We’ve built up a network of over 600 partner schools, colleges and other educational establishments, and we work together to our mutual advantage.
You will study at our centre of education that is recognised for excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. Our academics, researchers and partners in schools work together to ensure you become a committed and professional graduate, with the opportunity to return to us throughout your career to further your professional development.
We received an overall student satisfaction rating of 86% in the 2019 National Student Survey. This result places us in the top 30 universities in the country for student satisfaction. We also received a Silver rating in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework.
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Training with disabilities and other needs
If you have a disability, including long term medical conditions, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and A(D)HD) and mental health conditions, you can access additional support for your academic studies whilst at Sheffield Hallam.
Students can receive support for a wide variety of conditions. There is extensive support available, including
• Learning contracts- reasonable adjustments to your course such as extensions or extra time in exams
• Support workers - like a mentor to help with organisation, or a personal assistant to help with mobility
• Equipment/Assistive Technology and software - such as digital recorders or text to speech software
We have an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments.
We run daily drop in sessions - come and talk to us, no appointment needed. You can also register for support online.
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